April 1, 2007
DAYTON, Ohio -Homestanding Dayton split a doubleheader with Rhode Island on Sunday to earn its first Atlantic 10 Conference victory of the season. UD (5-15, 1-5 A-10) dropped the opener to URI (6-14, 1-1 A-10), 8-0 in five innings but rebounded to win the finale, 11-5.
The Rams scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in an 8-0 victory during game one which was shortened to five innings. URI out hit UD 10-4 including four extra base hits to just one for the Flyers.
Melissa Wilson was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI while Tara Hiteman finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and a RBI to pace the Rhode Island offense in support of a stellar pitching effort by Jill Anderson who earned her first victory of the season with a complete-game shutout with five strikeouts while surrendering just four hits and three walks.
UD was led by a 3-for-3 effort by Mollie Schrank and a 1-for-2 performance with a double from Sheena Rothwell, but it was not enough to overcome URI in the opener.
The Flyers retaliated with an 11-5 victory in the second game behind more solid hitting from Schrank and Rothwell as well as strong pitching by freshman Eva Rappe.
Dayton scored three runs in the first and added another in the third before Rhode Island got onto the board with a run of its own in the top of the fourth.
UD put up another two runs in the bottom of the frame to go ahead 6-1. However, Rhode Island rebounded with a run in the fifth and three more in the top of the sixth inning to pull within one at 6-5.
Dayton regained the momentum in the bottom of the sixth with five runs on four hits and two Ram errors en route to an 11-5 victory.
Mollie Schrank was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the win while Sheena Rothwell belted her second home run of the season as part of a 2-for-4 effort that included two RBI and a run scored.
Anne Maci was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI for the Flyers who also benefited from a 1-for-2 effort by leadoff batter Christine Eggers who added two walks and three runs scored.
Blair Crabtree</a> was 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored while Ellie Malchow finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI for Dayton which overcame an 11-9 deficit in hits by taking advantage of six Rhode Island fielding errors.
Freshman Eva Rappe</a> earned a complete-game victory to improve to 2-5 on the year. She allowed six runs on 11 hits while striking out four batters and surrendering four walks for the Flyers.
Dayton is scheduled to return to action at home on Thursday against IPFW. The Flyers and Mastodons are slated to play a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the action live with Gametracker at www.DaytonFlyers.com.